Words of encouragement and hope…that is exactly what these Christmas cards were intended to do. My fifth grade class created them for residents of a local nursing home as a class holiday project. Many of the residents are very ill and are living out their last days. Some of the residents have no family members to visit them during this time of the year and suffer from loneliness.
As soon and I introduced this annual project, several of my students enthusiastically asked if they could make two or three cards. Of course, I said “Yes.” As I walked around the classroom, I witnessed beautiful expressions of hope from each student- encouraging words, creative pictures and the excitement of knowing their creations could put a smile on someone else’s face. Children just seem to have the motivation intrinsically to want to be an encouragement when offered the chance.
After school, I delivered the cards to the nursing home. The activities director took the bag of cards and said she planned to distribute them at their Christmas dinner. She told me that every year the cards from my students are sometimes the only cards some of the residents ever receive. The mood of the room changes instantly and, for at least that evening, the residents are encouraged by the written words and the idea that someone thought of them and took the time to demonstrate it.
LIFE LESSON: Written words can be powerful and offer hope at just the right moment to a soul who needs it. The Christmas story is the ultimate display of hope. God, at just the right moment in time, sent His son Jesus, the “Word of Life” (1 John: 1), into this lost world on a mission to provide hope and encouragement for every soul and to demonstrate His eternal love for humanity. He will come again soon to fulfill God’s ultimate promise of salvation to all who believe in Him and His Written Word.
“And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” Romans 15:4